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Complete your survey for a chance to win!
It is time again for everyone to complete a Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Survey. As an added incentive, employees who complete the survey will be eligible to win a $50 REI Gift card!
Ten winners will be drawn every day during the survey week. So the sooner you enter, the higher your chances are to win one of the 50 prizes. Winners will be notified by June 8th.
The CTR survey is confidential and only takes a few minutes to complete. The questions focus on how you commuted to and from work last week and we want to hear from everyone – whether you drive alone, take the bus, carpool, vanpool, bike, or walk to work.
In 2014, employees at four of our downtown buildings (King Street Center, Chinook, Courthouse and Admin Building) helped us win four Championship Awards (one Gold, one Silver, and Two Bronzes) from City of Seattle by choosing other modes of transportation than driving alone to work. Our goal is to win the Platinum Award this year for all of our buildings. By completing the CTR survey, you will help us achieve this goal.
Instructions for access and completion of the Online Commute Trip Reduction Survey:
- Go to https://www.ctrsurvey.org and enter your complete work e-mail address (example email@example.com). Then click “login.”
- Choose King County Government or Regional Justice Center from the list and click the “Select” button.
- Choose your work site from the list and click the “Select” button.
- Answer each question and then click the “Next” button at the bottom (left) of each page until the survey is completed.
Take the Bike Month Challenge presented by Adobe
Contest dates: May 1-31, 2015
Challenge yourself and others to ride as much as possibly during May in this fun, free trip-tracking contest. To participate, you need only to start or join a team, commute at least four days throughout the month and track your trips online. It's simple and fun! You can ride solo or form a team of coworkers, friends or neighbors and log your commute trips on the user-friendly Bike Month Challenge website. Invite a friend to join your team and help a newbie get started biking. You could be the one who makes them fall in love with two-wheeled transportation.
In 2014, 286 King County employees participated in the Cascade Bike to Work Challenge and rode an impressive 30,445.92 miles—and 34 county employees volunteered to be team captains! We hope you will consider riding with us again this year.
The Ride More Challenge
Navigate your way to a better, healthier, and cleaner environment
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Ride More Challenge for making this inaugural event a success! Over 1,000 King County employees participated in the Challenge by pledging to take five additional bike, bus, train, carpool, vanpool or water taxi rides (or trips on foot) during the month of August. A big thank you to the 38 employees who also sent in powerful testimonials and photos demonstrating how they were using the challenge to try new options for getting to work, running errands, going to community events and more! View a sampling of those photos and testimonials.
We hope you enjoyed participating and that you’ll keep on exercising your new active transportation habits all year long! Click to see the complete list of Prize Winners and Participation by Department, and employee testimonials.
Grand Prize Winner
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner of the $200 REI Gift card – Mary Crawford from Transit Human Resources – and to all of our final Ride More Challenge winners!
Mary Crawford and ETP Manager Hossein Barahimi
Mary's testimonial: "When there is an opportunity to challenge myself, I take it! When I initially signed up for the Seattle to Portland bike ride this year, I did not even own a bike. I purchased a bike and began riding in April 2014. King County’s 2014 Ride More Challenge motivated me to continue biking to work after relocating from Issaquah to Kent. Tackling a 43 mile roundtrip bike ride three times a week was initially grueling. However, my commute became more manageable with each ride. This process also motivated me to increase my community involvement. As a result, I started volunteering at Seward Park’s Bicycle Sundays and took pride in refitting children and adult bicycle helmets to increase bicycle safety. I am honored to be this year’s Ride More Challenge winner and look forward to continuing my bike commute throughout the month of September!"
Thanks for participating in the Wheel Options 2014 campaign. Where did your new commute take you?
Participants who commuted at least 6 days using a Wheel Options mode during the month of October were entered into a prize drawing for a cruise for two to Alaska, plus a ton of other great prizes. Did you win? Check out the list of winners!
ID/ORCA card holders are available
If you have any issues with your current ID/ORCA card holder or you need a new one, there are two ways to get one:
- Stop by to the ID & Access Control Office:
King County Admin Building
500 4th Avenue, Room 312
The office is open from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
- Send us an email including your mail stop at ETP@kingcounty.gov and we will mail you a new Card Holder.
Idling = zero MPG
Waiting for more than 30 seconds? Turn off your engine to save gas, money, and the air we breathe.
Idling more than 30 seconds burns more fuel than turning off and restarting your engine.
Improve health—Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases asthma symptoms, respiratory problems, heart disease, and cancer risk.
Help the environment—Vehicle exhaust pollutes our air and hurts our climate by producing air-toxic and global-warming pollution.
It’s best for my car engine to warm up before driving.
False. Idling more than a few seconds is unnecessary, even on a cold morning. Just ease into your driving for the first few blocks of your trip until the engine is warm.
In terms of gas consumption and engine impact, it’s best to idle the engine rather than restart it.
False. In today’s vehicles, frequent restarting has little impact on engine components. Excessive idling can be hard on your engine as it isn’t working at peak operating temperature.